Four design lessons which were really obvious to everyone but me

I’ve been playing a lot more videogames recently. Over the past ten years, I developed a very specific set of criteria and tastes that made up a paradigm of game design. All of this lead me to search within an extremely narrow (and increasingly narrow over time) space for new games to play—Eurogames in particular, … Continue reading "Four design lessons which were really obvious to everyone but me"

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Riot is thinking about input/output randomness in League of Legends

For the past five years or so, I’ve been talking about the input/output randomness concepts, and why they’re so important for game design. While I wasn’t the one who coined the terms—that honor goes to the great fellows at the Ludology Podcast—some Googling around shows that no one has talked about the concepts, or developed … Continue reading "Riot is thinking about input/output randomness in League of Legends"

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CGD Podcast Episode 23 – “On Games At the Games”, A Conversation with Frank Lantz

This week I had a great conversation with NYU Game Center director Frank Lantz about randomness and general game design philosophy. We meant to get to three other topics – execution, reading and improvisation, but not all-that-surprisingly, we never got there in the 70+ minutes of this episode. Mentioned in this episode: Frank’s “Against Design” … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 23 – “On Games At the Games”, A Conversation with Frank Lantz"

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CGD Podcast Episode 22: Mind Games and Reading the Opponent

What does it mean for a game to involve a lot of “mind games”? Can you really make “reads” off of an opponent and predict what he’s going to do? What’s the difference between “reading the opponent” and “a lucky guess”? This episode explores these questions, discussing games like Poker, Street Fighter, Rock Paper Scissors, … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 22: Mind Games and Reading the Opponent"

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